The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has published new resources related to the Hypertension Case-Finding Service for community pharmacies that are currently providing or planning to provide the service.
The Hypertension Case-Finding Service became a new advanced service on 1 October.
Hypertension Case-Finding Service
The 5-year Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework agreement, which was launched in 2019, included a plan to pilot case finding for undiagnosed cardiovascular disease (CVD).
In 2020, NHS England and NHS Improvement began a pilot involving pharmacies offering blood pressure checks to people aged 40 years and over. In some pharmacies within the pilot, where the patient’s initial blood pressure reading was elevated, they would be offered 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, which is the gold standard for diagnosis of hypertension.
Following the initial findings of the pilot, the DHSC and NHS England and NHS Improvement proposed the commissioning of a new Hypertension Case-Finding Service as an advanced service.
The Hypertension Case-Finding service will work with general practices and primary care networks to undertake CVD prevention and management. The advanced service aims to:
- identify people aged 40 years or older with high blood pressure who have previously not had a confirmed diagnosis of hypertension, and to refer them to general practice to confirm diagnosis and for appropriate management
- at the request of general practice, undertake ad hoc clinic and ambulatory blood pressure measurements
- promote healthy behaviours to patients.
Resources available on the PSNC website include:
- template GP letter or service notification email to support community pharmacy contractors to notify general practice teams that the pharmacy will be providing the service
- PSNC briefing document for general practice teams
- resources to support with promotion of the service within pharmacy
- reference guide to support with blood pressure checks
- patient literature
- on-demand webinar
- frequently asked questions.
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